TEACHER WORKSHOP: Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust – New Directions



  • FREE.
  • Registration REQUIRED.
  • Open to teachers grades 6-12.
  • 2 Hours of CEU credits available on PowerSchool; Certificate of Completion will be provided.
    Teachers must complete a post-workshop evaluation to be eligible for credits.
  • Light snack will be served.


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Lizi Rosenfeld sits on a park bench with a sign “Only for Aryans.”

How do you teach resistance?

For a long time, scholars focused on the perpetrators in order to understand what drove them to participate in persecution and mass murder. Recently, more studies explored the experiences of the victims. However, the assumption still dominates that except in rare cases like ghetto uprisings and partisan actions Jews were led by the Nazis like sheep to the slaughter.

Yet, research proves that between 1933 and 1945 Jewish women and men defied the Nazis and their helpers in manifold ways; first in Nazi Germany proper, later in all annexed and occupied countries. Such evidence restores the agency of the persecuted and needs to be incorporated in our narrative of the events during the Holocaust.

While Jewish women and men of all ages, educations and professions performed countless acts of resistance, many young people were among them. Often socialized in Jewish youth organization, teenagers and adolescents engaged in individual and group resistance ranging from public protest and sabotage to organized armed attacks against the Nazis.

Join us as we explore new ways to look at teaching resistance during the Holocaust.



Dr. Gruner holds the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, is Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles since 2008 and is the Founding Director of the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (previously USC Dornsife Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) since 2014.

He is a specialist in the history of the Holocaust and in comparative genocide studies.

He is the author and has coedited numerous books on the Holocaust. His latest work, Impudent Jews. Forgotten stories of individual Jewish resistance in Hitler’s Germany is forthcoming with Yale University Press. This book for a wider audience will feature the life stories of five Jewish men and women who resisted in different ways against persecution in Nazi Germany. By exploring similar courageous acts, the book demonstrates the wide range of individual resistance and restores agency to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Dr. Gruner is an appointed member of the Academic Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (since 2017), the executive committee of the Consortium of Higher Education Centers of Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies (since 2018), the International Academic Advisory board of the Center for the Research on the Holocaust in Germany at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem (since 2012), and the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Genocide Research (since 2010).



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UABRIC-Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust-New Directions



Parking is available in the deck behind Temple Emanu-El. Access is from the alley off Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South (21st Street South).
Please park on level 2 or above.





Nov 09 2022


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Alabama Holocaust Education Center
2100 Highland Avenue South, Suite 101


Alabama Holocaust Education Center